I watched five minutes of last night’s “presidential” debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, then I turned it off and went to bed. Life’s too short and it’s called self-care. In those five minutes, I was actually worried that a totally different Trump was going to show up for the entire 90 minutes. I remembered how strange he acted during the debates with Hillary Clinton – he was genuinely afraid of her, and while he spouted tons of lies in those 2016 debates, Hillary kept her cool and largely, so did Trump. I worried that Trump would simply stand back and let Biden yammer and talk himself into corners. Yeah. That didn’t happen. Trump kept interrupting Biden, and Trump kept sh-t 100% bonkers.
Fun fact: did you know that Trump’s precondition for turning up to the debate was that Chris Wallace wouldn’t talk about the 206,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus? Apparently, another precondition was a far-right smear campaign throughout the day that Biden would use drugs AND an earpiece during the debate. Asinine. Anyhoodle, here are some “highlights.”
“Will you shut up, man?” THE MALARKEY OF IT ALL. Yeah, this was a total sh-tshow. I guess some of the biggest moments were these:
Joe Biden tried to speak about his late son Beau Biden, a wonderful man who served his country in uniform and as an elected official in Delaware: “My son was in Iraq. He spent a year there. He was not a loser, he was a patriot and the people left behind there are heroes.” Then Trump interrupted Biden to smear his other son.
President Trump: "Are you talking about Hunter?"
Joe Biden: "I'm talking about my son Beau Biden!"
— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2020
Trump also refused to condemn violent white supremacists and he told the white supremacist terrorist group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
Asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, Pres. Trump replies, "Sure, I'm willing to do that."
"Then do it, sir," Wallace says. https://t.co/5Bl4Ob3O2t #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/K4nG4VlQxu
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
And it will just be nice to see a healthy marriage between two people who adore each other in the White House again.
Trump and Biden greet their spouses post-debate. pic.twitter.com/AFeNAqFN8v
— The Recount (@therecount) September 30, 2020
“We had an avalanche of lying from President Trump”
CNN’s Daniel Dale breaks down the fact check of the first presidential debate of the 2020 election between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. #Debates2020 https://t.co/RCXrUzFWml pic.twitter.com/oAnS7xqxjC
— CNN (@CNN) September 30, 2020
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 30, 2020
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